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Ten Solid Reasons to Always Ask for a Window Seat, in Photos

June 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

We'll admit it: on a day flight, we're enormous window seat fans. There's just so much of the world out there to see—and to capture in a photo.

From takeoff to landing, from the super-posh seats up the front of an A380 to the last row of economy on a Saab puddlejumper, let us take you on a journey around the world, and persuade you that windows are where it's at.

Ten photos that prove you should always ask for a window seat:

· Above Venice. We snapped this one taking off from Venice's Marco Polo airport earlier this year. Yep, that's Venice down there, in all its red-roofed, sinking glory, looking like it's about to be eaten by one of the engines.

· Out of Australia. Most flights out of Australia towards Asia and Europe are night flights, but sometimes you luck out like we did. Don't ask us what movie was playing on the in-flight entertainment. We had the headphones in and our eyes glued to the amazing sights passing below.

· Into New Zealand. Across the Tasman Sea, flying around New Zealand's a total pleasure. Our pick for the most stunning flight in Aotearoa is Wellington to Queenstown, in one of these ATR turboprops. We picked up a Christchurch-Queenstown flight, but the view was no less awesome.

· Windy Wellington. Still in NZ, Wellington is one of the windiest airports in the world. Air New Zealand trains its pilots specially for "windy Wellington" and its tiny single runway. (Yes, that's it over on the right hand side of the shot.) But this was a calm, sapphire-sky day as we rounded the Miramar peninsula on our way into town.

· Sydney sights. Staying with the landing theme, Sydney's pretty nice too. That's the Harbour Bridge down there, and the Sydney Opera House. (Don't get us started on Sydney's weather. We stayed in town for a month in October and this was a pretty good example: grey, cloudy and cool.)

· A380 wing. We love sitting right at the back of a plane: you get great views of the wings flexing up and down as you take off and land. New planes like A380s and 787s have wings that flex the most—they're designed to, so don't worry when you see it moving.

· Thunder over Jakarta. Heading into Jakarta on Garuda Indonesia was a little bumpy thanks to the usual afternoon thunderheads lurking around the place. Who doesn't love a bit of cloud action? Bueller? Bueller?

· Sheer power. Amazing sights don't just happen during the day. We were sitting up the pointy end of this Virgin Atlantic A340-600 (the super-stretched ones that look seriously awesome), and looked back to see the engines all lit up and gorgeous. Keep calm and carry on snapping.

· Puddlejumping. On completely the other side of the world, we flew a quick 30-minute hop from Helsinki to Tallinn on one of Estonian Air's Saab 340s—tiny puddlejumpers that don't go all that high on the 50-mile flight. And the Baltic is really, really pretty.

· Classic London. Flying into London Heathrow? Always ask for a window seat on the right hand side of the plane. That's usually seat K. Flights normally land at LHR from the east, which means you soar right over the middle of London. It's even more awesome if you're upstairs on a Boeing 747 and get the wing in too.

Want to know what South American routes have the best scenery for window seats? We got that too!

[Photos; John Walton for Jaunted]

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Yeah, very true! These are the things you don't want to miss during your flight to these places. Always make your check list and number one is, always request for the window seat!

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